Reading Lately: August 2019 Edition

Hi friends! I had another solid reading month. I did break down and buy a Kindle Paperwhite during Prime Day. I’ve had a Kindle Fire, but I hated reading on it. So I just decided to get a Paperwhite during the sale. I won’t lie, I’m loving reading on it. Plus I got 3 months of Kindle Unlimited so I’m diving into all those books for a bit. My poor physical books are going to have to sit on the shelves for a bit longer. ha!

Reading Lately: August 2019 Edition | Book reviews of Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells; The Last Hope by Krista & Becca Ritchie; The Warehouse by Rob Hart; Enchangtress and The Hidden Relic by James Maxwell | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells: Set in a world with a sprawling empire and focused on 2 young women from a relatively recent addition to the empire, Maren just wants to live a peaceful life on the mountain, whereas her girlfriend Kaia can’t wait to leave. But when Kaia is chosen to become an Aurati (women that are prophets; plus other things) against her will, all bets are off. Maren concocts a plan that involves not only saving Kaia, but stealing a dragon from the empire. Maren is soon drawn into a much larger rebellion including a lost prince. But Maren might have an even bigger destiny than joining a rebellion against the empire. I enjoyed this one. I liked the relationship between Maren and Kaia, even if Kaia let me down a bit at the end. Plus dragons. And using scent to bond with them. All good things.
3.5 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Last Hope by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie: This was a solid follow-up to The Raging Ones. I honestly didn’t even realize what book this was sitting in my Netgalley queue until I looked it up in Goodreads again #whoops. It picks up right after book one with Franny, Court and Mykal incarcerated and realizing they are humans. Finally, they are set to a task that could potentially change the universe. There is a lot thrown in this series; “linked” emotions, time travel and everything that comes with space-faring species. I did enjoy the interactions between the main characters and I’m glad that Franny got in the action, so to speak. Some of the “twists” were a little much for me, but overall I enjoyed the story and was happy with the ending. Read if you enjoyed the first book and/or like romantic sci-fi books that are lighter on the sci-fi.
3 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Warehouse by Rob Hart: This is a bit of a change for me compared to my normal sci-fi/fantasy. But I really enjoyed it. The setting is in the near future where climate change, violence and unemployment has completely changed the landscape of America and the world. A company, Cloud, is changing the dynamic of work and life. It is easy to make the jump that Cloud=Amazon. To have a job, people have to pretty much live at a MotherCloud campus. The story follows 3 characters; Paxon, a man who had a company that went under because of Cloud, Zinnia, a corporate spy that is working the biggest job of her life, and Gibson, the dying leader of Cloud. This is all about privacy, work/live balance and the roles that corporations have on our lives and how we, the public, are unknowingly “voting” for different things. This is definitely a must read if you are interested in economics and how corporations are part of our lives.
4 out 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Enchantress by James Maxwell: I’ve had this on my to-read list for a long time. Since I have Kindle Unlimited, I decided to devote myself to the series. This first book follows Ella and Miro, brother and sister as they grow into the roles that they always wanted, enchantress and Bladesinger. But there are dark forces at work in their world and they will be in the center of fighting for the good side. If you enjoy a deep magic system with epic-style quests and decent characters, you will likely enjoy this book.
4 out 5 stars

The Hidden Relic by James Maxwell: This picks up right after Enchantress with Ella and Miro recently beating The Primate, but he isn’t defeated. He finds the blueprints of an ancient relic with tons of power. To get it, he makes a deal with some unsavory people that use blood to make essence (the thing that powers all magic). Then it is a race to see if the good guys or the bad guys can figure out what/where the relic is. This was a good continuation of the story and I liked the expansion of the history of the magic system and world as a whole. Not quite as strong as book 1, but still enjoyable.
3.75 out 5 stars

What have you been reading lately?